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JULIE LESSMAN GIVEAWAY - A HEART REVEALED


AUTHOR BIO FOR JULIE LESSMAN:
Julie is an award-winning author whose tagline of “Passion With a Purpose” underscores her intense passion for both God and romance. Winner of the 2009 ACFW Debut Author of the Year and Holt Medallion Awards of Merit for Best First Book and Long Inspirational, Julie is also the recipient of 13 Romance Writers of America awards and was voted by readers as “Borders Best of 2009 So Far: Your Favorite Fiction” at http://www.borders.com/online/store/ListView_best2009favefiction. Chosen as #1 Romance Fiction Author of the Year in the Family Fiction magazine 2011 Readers Choice Awards, Julie was also awarded #1 Series of the Year in that same poll and #3 Author of the Year, #5 Novel of the Year and #4 Historical Fiction Author of the year. She resides in Missouri with her husband, daughter, son and daughter-in-law and is the author of “The Daughters of Boston” series, which includes A Passion Most Pure, A Passion Redeemed, and A Passion Denied. Her “Winds of Change” series has recently released with A Hope Undaunted, which ranked #5 on Booklist’s Top 10 Inspirational Fiction for 2010. You can contact Julie through her website at www.julielessman.com

Can you tell us a little bit about your latest release, A Heart Revealed?

Absolutely, Nora—A Heart Revealed is book 2 in “The Winds of Change” series, and it’s the forbidden love story of the oldest O’Connor brother, Sean O’Connor, a confirmed bachelor, and his sister’s best friend, Emma Malloy, a battered married woman. Here’s my own personal blurb:



The ring on her hand belongs to one man …
But her heart belongs to another.
As a battered woman, Emma Malloy fled Dublin for Boston ten years ago, seeking shelter for a heart badly bruised by both her husband and guilt. But when she falls in love with Sean O’Connor, a confirmed bachelor who wrestles with demons of his own, fear and shame almost destroy her … until she is finally set free by a heart revealed.

What makes Emma and Sean’s romance unique?

Emma and Sean’s romance in A Heart Revealed is not my typical romance where boy meets girl and sparks fly. Instead, it is a ten-year friendship that grows spiritually and emotionally, ripening into unconditional love where two people sacrifice themselves for the other. In many ways, A Heart Revealed is a departure for me—a heroine who is scarred, both inside and out, and a forbidden love with minimal romantic interaction. A battered married woman whose religion forbids divorce, Emma Malloy fled Dublin years ago to seek shelter from an abusive husband who is still very much alive. But when she falls in love with Sean O’Connor, a confirmed bachelor with demons of his own, fear and shame wreak havoc in their lives until God sets them both free to pursue a true love unlike any they have ever known.

What do you hope readers take away from A Heart Revealed?

One of the basic themes of A Heart Revealed is “honesty is the best policy.” Every character in this story is struggling with some form of honesty with people they love, whether it’s guilt, delusion, deception, secrecy, manipulation or outright stubbornness. It is my hope that Sean and Emma’s story will not only “reveal” the grace and mercy of a loving God, but the healing power of His truth … which truly does set us free.







Tell us about Emma, the gentle and scarred heroine in A Heart Revealed. How did you come to write a story about her?



Believe it or not, I never planned to write Sean and Emma’s story until three-quarters of the way through book 2 of “The Daughters of Boston” series, A Passion Redeemed, when Charity brought Emma home for dinner. The moment I wrote the following very innocent lines in that book, I felt a spark of something that I KNEW would grow into an amazing love story someday.

Marcy smiled and passed the rolls. “Sean, Charity brought her good friend home to stay. Emma, this is Sean, my oldest.”
Sean stood and extended his hand across the table, his smile as broad as his reach. “Welcome. Anyone who can put up with this sister of mine has to be the genuine article.”
Charity smacked him.
Emma blushed. “Nice to meet you, Sean.”
“Emma, Charity tells me you and she met at Shaw’s and that you’ve worked there forever.” Faith dolloped potatoes on her plate, then handed them off to Collin.
Emma gave her a crooked smile. “Yes, I was actually Mrs. Shaw’s top sales clerk before Charity came on the scene. Dublin’s gentry took one look at her and pushed me aside.”
“Oh, pshaw. Don’t believe her. It took me a solid six months to catch up.” Charity removed a roll from the basket, eyed the lighter one on Brady’s plate and switched it with hers. He stared her down, but she ignored him.
“What happened to your face?” Katie asked.
“Katie Rose!” Marcy, Faith and Charity’s voices rang in shock.
Emma smiled. “No, it’s a natural question and one I don’t mind answering. I got in the way of a pan of hot grease, I’m afraid.”
Katie’s eyes bugged. “How did you do that?”
“Katie, zip it,” Charity warned.
“Someone accidentally threw it in my face.”
Forks, knives and spoons stilled as all eyes focused on Emma.
Charity cleared her throat and elbowed Sean, who stared as if Emma had just announced she was from the moon. “So, Sean, Mother tells me you finally wrangled a promotion.”
He chewed slowly, his eyes still fixed on Emma. He swallowed and turned to his sister. “Yeah, I did. Don’t look now, sis, but you’re rubbing shoulders with the Assistant Manager of the largest hardware mercantile in south Boston. Not to mention future manager of a new store.”
One of her brows slanted up. “Well, well. Must be those dangerous good looks drawing all the ladies in to buy nuts and bolts.”
He grinned and chomped on a roll. “Must be.”

Then in book 1 of the “Winds of Change,” series, A Hope Undaunted, I began to set Sean and Emma up for their own story with this scene in the O’Connor kitchen:

Sean heaved a sigh and leaned back against the counter, muscled arms folded across his chest. His tone deepened to a more serious level. “Well, speaking of temptation,” he began with a slight catch in his throat, “perhaps you could give me the benefit of your opinion as well.” The tight press of his mouth indicated a subject matter not to his liking. His lips quirked into a faint smile as his eyes met hers. “As a woman, that is.”
“Of course.”
He paused and exhaled loudly, as if the subject matter had robbed him of his good mood. “That’s why I’m home early today … because of a situation at work that I’m not really sure how to handle.” He peered up at Emma, his look painfully serious, completely void of the gentle humor that usually resided there. “I wouldn’t trouble you with this, Emma, but I’m not sure who else to ask. I don’t want to ask my mother or sisters because heaven help me if they ever caught wind of this …” He swabbed a calloused palm across his face with a faint groan. “Sweet saints, they’re so desperate to see me married that they would probably pester me to death.” He released a huff of frustration and looked up, his gaze pinned to hers. “I’m happy with my life, Emma. I don’t need anything to complicate that, which is why I’m not looking to get involved with a woman. But there’s a young lady at the store—” His lips slanted into a wry smile, “and I use the term loosely, given today’s flapper mentality—who has, well, made it pretty clear she’d like to be on ‘friendlier’ terms.”
Emma’s eyes widened. “A customer?”
“No, not a customer …” Sean began.
“Oh my goodness, not an employee, is it? You’re the manager, Sean—I certainly would put this young woman in her place, gently but firmly.”
Sean grimaced and scratched the back of his neck. “Well, she doesn’t exactly work for me, either.” He blinked at her, clearly perplexed. “You see, she’s the owner’s daughter.”
Emma’s lips circled into a soft “oh” before the words even left her mouth. “Oh, my.”
“So you see, it’s a rather awkward position.”
“Oh my, yes,” Emma whispered. She listed against the counter and propped a palm to her mouth. She took a deep breath. “Well then, you’ll just have to do your best to avoid her.”
The corner of his lips swagged into an off-center smile as his eyelids lowered enough to indicate skepticism. “Yeah, well that’s hard to do when one is cornered in the supply room.”
A soft gasp popped from Emma’s lips as heat skimmed into her cheeks. “No!”
“Afraid so. Turned around with a clipboard in my hand, and the woman had me in a lip lock so fast, I forgot which one of us was taking inventory.”
Emma bit her lip, attempting to ward off a smile. “Oh, Sean, I’m so sorry.”
“Me too. I knew she was interested—I’d be deaf, dumb and blind not to notice her visits and obvious flirting—but I had no idea she’d be so brazen. What’s with women today, anyway?”
Emma shook her head, a hand to her mouth to hide a smile.
“Well, now I’m forced to deal with it, and I don’t know what to do. I have to discourage her, not only because I don’t want a woman in my life, but because her father wants her to marry some high-profile New York dandy she’s been seeing. And to make matters worse, Rose—that’s her name—has ‘Daddy’ wrapped around her little finger. I’ve worked eleven long years at Kelly’s Hardware to get where I am now, and Rose is just the type of woman who could steal it all away.” He sighed and reached for the pitcher to pour himself another glass. “Unfortunately, she tends to hold a grudge.” He held the pitcher out, brow raised. “Want some?”
“No, thank you.”
He set it down and leaned back against the counter, glass in hand. “If I don’t handle this just right, it could jeopardize my whole future.” He took a deep swig of lemonade and then made a sour face. “But that’s not the worst part,” he said with quiet sigh.
Emma cocked her head, brows knit in question. “What is?”
He glanced up, his blue eyes candid and more than a little nervous. “I liked it. And I can’t afford to. Feelings like that only weaken a man, line him up in some woman’s sights so she can go in for the kill.” He shuddered. “No, thank you. So you see, I need some sound advice.”
“Yes, I would say you do,” Emma said in breathy tone. She looked up, squinting her eyes. “Maybe you could tell her you’re interested in someone else. Of course, you can’t lie, so is there any other woman who appeals to you more? You know, if you were looking to date?”
Sean’s brow jagged up in humor. “You mean more than Rose? After that kiss?” He inhaled deeply and gave her a quirk of a smile. “Not without it being a bald-faced lie.”
“Oh.” Emma nibbled on the edge of her lip.
“There must be something I can do,” Sean said slowly, his face screwed in thought. Suddenly a boyish smile broke through. “I know, I can tell her I’m seeing someone.”
A crease puckered between Emma’s brows. “But that would be a lie because you’re not.”
He grinned and buffed the sides of her arms like a big brother. “Don’t be so modest, Mrs. Malloy. Of course I am. I’m ‘seeing’ you right now, aren’t I? That cute, little face crinkled in confusion and that glint of moral determination in those serious gray eyes? And I’ll see you next week too, and the week after that, depending on what family function we’ve got going, right?”
“Well, I don’t know—”
He laughed and twirled her high in the air. “No, don’t say another word—this is perfect, and you know it. Next time Rose Kelly gets too close, I’ll just tell her I’m sorry but I’m ‘seeing someone.’” He set her down again, steadying her with a firm grip when she wobbled back on her feet. He gave her nose a playful tap. “I just don’t have to tell her it’s a very good friend.”
With a glance at his watch, he shot her a grin, then gave her a wink over his shoulder as he strode to the door. “Thanks, Emma—you’re one in a million. Gotta go change.”
The door swished closed, leaving Emma gaping as it squealed on its hinges. She shook her head, unable to fight the smile that tugged at her lips. “Yes, you go change, Sean O’Connor,” she whispered to herself with a soft chuckle, “but not too much, you hear? Some lucky woman is going to want you just the way you are.”

So when A Heart Revealed begins, Sean and Emma are good friends whose affection for each other slowly ripens into something far deeper when they work together day after day at Dennehy’s Department Store where Emma is the manager. Slowly … innocently … and then finally, painfully … Sean and Emma encounter a true love forbidden by a wedding band on her left hand that belongs to the husband she left in Ireland.

FUN QUESTIONS I JUST HAD TO ASK

A friend of yours has a time machine they are letting you use. But you can only witness two events in this history of the world. What two events would you experience? Why?











Well, I originally answered this question as “the parting of the Red Sea because it shows the power of God and the Crucifixion because it shows His love and mercy.” But during my chat/prayer time with my husband on the porch swing this morning, I asked him the same question, and since he is an artist who is currently working on a project for the St. Louis History museum, he quickly said he’d go back to the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. WOW, I thought, that would be SO cool, especially since I have always been enamored with the movie, Meet Me in St. Louis, which centers around the St. Louis World’s Fair. So now I have a dilemma, Nora, and wonder if I can possibly have three events instead of two?? J

What has surprised you about being an author?

Oh, man, the biggest surprise for me was what an emotional roller-coaster it is AFTER you get published. Like a lot of unpublished writers, I thought all the anxiety and self-doubt would dissipate after I signed on the dotted line. I mean that would validate me, wouldn’t it? Give me confidence as a writer? But I discovered (AGAIN!) that true confidence is not in accolades from your editor or a really good review, but instead in where your heart is with God. HE is my confidence when my sales rankings on Amazon.com are high or low, which is why I CLING to the following Scripture from 2 Corinthians ll:3: Do not let my mind “be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.”


What movie most impacted you as a child? Why?

Oh, here’s a surprise—Gone With the Wind—the book I read that inspired me at the age of twelve to write 150 single-spaced pages of what would become my debut novel some forty years later, A Passion Most Pure. But … I had never seen the movie until I turned sixteen. Back then, GWTW was re-released every seven years, so when it came to my city, I actually dressed up as a nun to go to a free showing for the local religious and clergy. One of my friends had a sister in the convent who loaned us novice habits and off we went! I sat there mesmerized, shoving free popcorn into my mouth as I watched the tug-o-war between Rhett and Scarlett. It was one of the most thrilling times of my teens … until we ran into the nuns from our high school! I must have looked pretty convincing in the novice garb, though, because one of our nuns started talking to me about a vocation. Are you kidding? A nun who writes romance? Uh, no! Today, I like to think that not only are Margaret Mitchell’s fingerprints are all over me in my religious devotion to passion, but God’s as well—merging my passion for romance with my passion for Him.

Name three T.V. shows you had to watch every week?


Ooops … I’m not much of a TV watcher, I’m afraid, but I did get stuck on The Gilmore Girls the first couple of years it was on, so does that count? I have to admit, when I do get stuck on a TV show, I am FANATICAL about it, which is why I steer clear now because to be honest, I’d rather be writing! J

ANY FINAL COMMENTS JULIE?

Yes—THANK YOU, Nora, for hosting me on your wonderful blog and giving me the opportunity to talk to your readers.
Since I LOVE to hear from reader friends, they can feel free to contact me through my Web site at www.julielessman.com, either by sending an e-mail via my site or by signing up for my newsletter at http://www.julielessman.com/sign-up-for-newsletter/.

My newsletter is chock-full of fun info on my books and there’s always a contest featuring signed book giveaways including one right now to have a character named after you or a loved one in my next book.

Also, I have a cool feature on my website called “Journal Jots” (http://www.julielessman.com/journal-jots/), which is a very laid-back, Friday journal to my reader friends that would give your readers an idea as to my relaxed style of writing. Then finally, I can be found daily at The Seekers blog (http://seekerville.blogspot.com/), a group blog devoted to encouraging and helping aspiring writers on the road to publication.
Hugs,
Julie

It's always a pleasure to have you stop by. Your passion for writing Christian Fiction is contagious friend. I can't wait to read A Heart Revealed, the next book in your new series. I LOVE this series! I also enjoy the fact that when you write about this family I feel as if I'm sitting in the room with them. Julie, it's ALWAYS a THRILL to read your books. Thanks for giving readers the opportunity to win a copy of your new book.

Blessings on your writing adventure!


Nora :o)
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CONGRATS TO KATHRYN CLEWELL ON WINNING A HEART REVEALED - Your Number was picked using Random Number.org. Thanks Julie for this opportunity to tell others about your and your books! Grin!


Enjoy!


Nora :o)



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99 comments:

  1. I know I cant enter but had to say enjoyed the interview and how did I know you would mention GWTW having a huge impact as a child. The St Louis fair would have been interesting to go to also.

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  2. JENNY!!! Hey, girl ... yeah, no great surprise with GWTW, eh?

    But Meet me in St. Louis with Judy Garland is one of my top-ten favorite movies, so I can SO see writing a book in St. Louis during that era. Right now I'm writing The Cousins McClare, which takes place at that time in San Francisco (1902, which is two years prior to the St. Louis World's Fair), so maybe I'll be so enamored with the era that I will stick in it for series down the road.

    Thanks for coming by, my friend!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  3. What a great interview!! I would LOVE to go the St. Louis Fair!! But , a bit far away from Ontario!lol
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  4. What a great interview. I always love learning more about different authors. I love the movie "Meet Me in St Louis also. Please enter me.

    Blessings,
    Jo
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  5. i am a follower

    Blessings
    Jo
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  6. Love the inerview!
    I watch Gone With The Wind every time it is on TV. :) One of my favorite movies.
    Please enter me into the drawing.
    Thank you for the chance.
    Wendy
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  7. I am also a follower.

    Bless you and yours,

    Wendy

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  8. Great Interview! I have always loved Emma and thought she and Sean from the moment they meet would be a great couple! It's so romantic when a girl can get a confirmed bachelor to change his mind and open his heart to the joys of loving someone for life! I REALLY hope you pick my name!! I have been waiting for this book!!!

    Ashley Kunis

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  9. I would LOVE to win a copy!!! I love her books!!!:)
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  10. I tweeted about it!!:)) im not sure how to be a follower though!
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  11. Ok, I'm a follower!!
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  12. Would love to win Julie's book; she is a great writer and great person!! Please enter me.

    jackie.smith[at]dishmail[dot]net

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  13. I am a follower!!
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  14. Hi Nora! I came across your blog from Julie's tweet this morning. Great interview. I remember reading that scene from A Passion Redeemed, where Charity brought Emma home, and thinking, "Oh? Could something happen between Sean and Emma?" Finally, we get to find out! :) I can't wait for this book to come out.

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  15. I'm not a new follwer!
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  16. I just Tweeted! I'm @saraboff.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!
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  17. great interview... I love the "inside scoop" into Julie's life and new book... I just wish I could read the book TODAY!!! Revell really needs to publish Julie's books quicker!
    I would LOVE to win this book!
    Joetta

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  18. I also signed to "follow" you on FB... great site!
    Joetta
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  19. Once again you gals have blessed us with a great interview . Can't way to read more about Emma and Sean. Of course, the interview wouldn't be complete without the mention of her love of GWTW. After all it helped to birth these wonderful stories.

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  20. KARLA ... yeah, I'd say St. Loo is a tad far from Canada, girl, but rent the movie -- it's really great! One of my favorites (and most poignant) Christmas songs -- Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas -- is from that movie, and then, of course, with St. Louis being my home town, that makes the movie all the better for me. Thanks for coming by, Karla!

    Hey, JO ... if you like Meet Me in St. Louis and Little Women, you would probably like The Daughters of Boston series because it's a family saga that is strongly in that vein of a big, happy and sometimes cantankerous family. I had several reviewers compare it to "Little Women," in fact, which I can't see, but hey ... I'm not gonna argue, you know?

    WENDY!!! If you watch GWTW every time it's on TV, girl, then I have a sneaking suspicion you would like my series too, because that's the type of passion I tried to infuse into my books, coupled with an equal amount of passion for God. Without question, my books are some of the most "passionate" out there in the Christian romance genre, both spiritually and romantically, which isn't for everybody. But ... if you like passion like GWTW??? My books may just be for you, so good luck in the contest.

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  21. ASHLEY!!! Thank you for reading my books, my friend, and I'm glad you saw that little spark of potential between Sean and Emma (mostly because of Sean's stunned reaction to Emma's painful past) way back then. It's not a fast and furious heated attraction like it was between Faith and Collin or Charity and Mitch, but a slow and steady growth that ripens into a very deep love. Like I've said before, AHR is a departure for me from my prior books, but my husband is convinced people are going to love Emma and therefore, hopefully, love the book. Let's hope he's right ... :) Thanks for coming by and good luck in the contest!

    KASSIDY!!! Do people call you Kassie? Cassady is the name of my heroine in book 1 of The Cousins McClare, and they call her Cassie. LOVE that name, sweetie! Thank you for your kind words and I wish you a win ... if not in this contest, then in one of the many others you will find on my website calendar.

    JACKIE ... "a great writer and great person"??? Gosh, girl, I need to just send you a signed book right now after that compliment. True or not, I would in a heartbeat if my husband wouldn't throttle me for giving books away!! Good luck, sweetie.

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  22. SARA ... YES, FINALLY we get to find out!! Like I said before, I never intended to have a love story for Emma until Charity brought her home to dinner in book 2, but then I never saw a story beyond A Passion Most Pure when I was writing IT either, but we all know what happened there! God has a way of doing that, I've found, and I seriously could NOT pen a word of anything without Him. Thanks for coming by, Sara, and here's to a win!

    JOETTA!!! Always, ALWAYS get a little thrill when I see your name, my friend -- thanks for coming by and would love to see you win this, sweetie.

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  23. Julie...can't believe that this masterpiece of yours is almost here...i've been waiting a loooong time (like everyone else) to read sean & emma's story. loved the excerpt :)

    Nora...a great interview/posting...thanks for the giveaway :)

    karenk
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  24. i'm a follower :)

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  25. Thanks for the great interview! I would absolutely love to win A Heart Revealed!!
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  26. I loved your enterview and Julie's books.I'm a follower!!!!!! Betsy

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  27. I loved the interview and enjoy Julie's books. Would love to win A Heart Revealed! Tisha

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  28. I've read all of Julie's books and love them all. I'm really looking forward to A Heart Revealed. I'm very curious to find out how Emma and Sean resolve their love. Thanks for giving away a copy of AHR; I'd be thrilled to win!
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  29. I absolutely love the interview. I love the cover art for this new book. Thanks so much for the chance to win this. This looks like an amazing book. I would love to read this. Thanks again.

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  30. Great interview! I've not read this author but would like to
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  31. Please enter me in contest. This sounds like a very good read. I am a follower and email subscriber. Tore923@aol.com

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  32. Please enter me in your giveaway! I would love to win 'A Heart Revealed'!

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  33. I'm a GFC follower!

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  34. I have your button on my blog!

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  35. LOVE that you keep checking the encouraging comments here Julie. Your passion for Jesus and family shines in your books. I'm THRILLED that others think so too!!

    Thanks to everyone that has stopped by. I'm rooting for you too. I am using www.randomnumber.com to pick the winner! Hope you are encouraged Julie!! These ladies love you and your writing as much as I do!! Grin! Now that's saying something!

    Nora St.Laurent
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  36. I love Julie's books and can't wait to read this one! Thanks for the interview Julie & Nora!

    Gail Mundy

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  37. Great interview! I've been following along on Julie's unofficial blog tour for "A Heart Revealed" and each interview and excerpt gets me more excited for the release! Can't wait to catch up with the O'Connor's :)

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  38. Hey, SHERYL ... SO fun to see you here, girl, and nope, it wouldn't be a Julie Lessman interview without mention of GWTW, that's for sure! Which I am CERTAIN a Georgian such as yourself TOTALLY understands, right?? Thanks for coming by, sweetie, and if I ever make it to Atlanta, you're on the list!

    KAREN!!! Not sure how much of a "masterpiece" it will be, but I gave it my best shot, so hopefully you will like it, my friend. Thanks for coming by, and good luck in the contest. :)

    Hey, MARISSA ... I would certainly LOVE for you to win too, so good luck in the contest, sweetie, and thanks for coming by!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  39. Hey, BETSY, thanks SO much for your sweet comment and here's to a win, my friend. :)

    TISHA ... Sooo appreciate you coming by to comment and enter the contest, so THANK YOU and GOOD LUCK!

    PAM ... I'll be you are "curious" because goodness knows I don't like to do things the "expected" way, so it should be a "surprise" ... or at least I hope so ... :) Good luck in the contest, my friend.

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  40. Hey, REBECCA ... good girl!! You're hitting all the giveaways on this -- that's the way to win, my friend, so GOOD LUCK!

    LGM52 ... Oh, girl, you are JUST the type of reader I'm looking for -- someone who has never read my books before!! If you like passion -- both in your relationship with God AND in your romance, then I'm your gal! Good luck!

    VICTORIA ... ooo, ooo ... you sound like another new reader that I would LOVE to introduce to the O'Connors, the MOST passionate family you will meet in the Christian romance market, I guarantee you!! Here's to a win!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  41. MELANIE ... thank you SO much for coming by, leaving a comment and following Nora -- I wish you the best in this contest, sweetie!

    NORA!!! One of my FAVORITE people in the whole, wide world -- THANK YOU for hosting me on your blog, sweetie -- this is SO much fun!!

    GAIL ... thank you for your kind comment and I'm hoping it will pay off with a win, my friend!

    KATHRYN!!! GOOD FOR YOU, girl, for following the unofficial blog tour because THAT is a good way to win yourself a signed book, my friend. Thank you SO much for your support!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  42. Hi Julie, I have your books on my wish list and can't wait to read them. I love Emma's story and in some ways identify with her.
    Would love to win your book A Heart
    Revealed.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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  43. I am an old GFC Follower and email subscriber

    Not sure if the comment I sent first went through or not as I am having trouble with google/blogger so my comment was I love Emma's story and feel that it alot like mine. I had the books on my wish list anc can't wait to read.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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  44. Tweeted giveway
    http://twitter.com/#!/misskallie2000/status/105824766459510784

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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  45. Have your button here
    http://ibooksbooksandmorebooks.blogspot.com/

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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  46. Julie It's ALWAYS so much fun to have you here on my blog. I'm biting my nails waiting on the arrival of your new book on the book shelves of the store I work at! Honestly I loved your last book so much I'm clearing out time in my schedule to just enjoy your new book.

    My boys will have to chip in and maybe make dinner or wash dishes for a day or too!! I could tell them that would be my early CHRISTMAS PRESENT!! I do feel that both would be a great present, having the time to read your book. A Real treat my friend.

    I'm so glad that Randomnumber.org is picking the winner. There are so many good comments and so many people that are hearing about your books for the first time. Wow!

    Nora St.Laurent
    The Book Club Network
    www.bookfun.org

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  47. I am SO excited to read this book!!!
    I would love to win it! It sounds so interesting.
    015browneyes(at)gmail(dot)com

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  48. MISSKALLIE ... good job on posting on the giveaways, girl, 'cause we need to get this book in your hands ASAP! :) Give Miss Kallie a hug for me okay? Emma has two cats as well. :)

    LOL, NORA!!! Not sure your boys are going to cotton to that, my friend, but I do hope you enjoy the book. They will be shipped out this week, so SOON!!! And I have two reader friends who found it on Border's e-book and have already read it!!! The consensus is a big thumbs up, so I am EXCITED!!!

    LEAH ... oh, girl, I feel the SAME way and would LOVE to send this book to you, so if you don't win here, PLEASE check out my website calendar for more giveaways, okay?

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  49. I'm a HUGE fan of Ms. Lessman's books and I have been so excited about a heart revealed. I'd actually wondered while reading the scenes with them, if they'd have their own story! Would love to win this book! Thanks! :)

    kentuckykate(at)earthlink(dot)net

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  50. Hey, HANNAH, THANK YOU!! And, yes, I've been sowing seeds between Sean and Emma for years now, so I am anxious to see what you and my other readers think of their S-L-O-W love affair. It's sure not heat and sizzle like Collin and Faith or Charity and Mitch, but a sloooooow ripening of love that I hope will resonate with my readers

    Good luck in the contest, sweetie!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  51. I've been waiting patiently (sort of!) for Sean to get his day in the spotlight! Can't wait to read this one. But I won a copy from the first series, so it wouldn't be fair to win again :-)

    Julie, wanted to let you know that once in an interview you said that you pray "on the spot" about things. When you tell someone "I'll pray for you" you do it right then. Well, I like that advice and you are my role model for prayer! If I say I'll pray, I do it right then (and again, later with my "regular" prayers). You inspire with more than just your writing, and I do hope someday to be 1/2 as good :D

    Blessings - and please come to Boston so I can meet you!

    Tammy

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  52. Thanks for the great interview and the background on your book. I love how the characters are friends for a long time before falling for each other. That's so important in a relationship. I can't wait to see how their dilemma is resolved.

    cynthiakchow (at) earthlink (dot) net

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  53. Aw, TAMMY, it's too early in the morning to make me cry, girl (although the microwave going on the blink and an interview going up I wasn't expecting kinda set me up, I guess! :)), but THANK YOU for your incredibly kind (and I'm not all that sure "deserved") words. Yes, I do tend to pray on the spot, but it's less "noble" and more because I have a lousy memory!! :) And, girl, there is NO PLACE I'd rather visit (except Ireland) than Boston, so one of these days ... I don't see ANY reason why you can't be included in this contest just because you won before, my friend -- I have at least three reader friends who have won four times or more, so go for it and good luck. :)

    CYNTHIA ... well, girl, then I GUARANTEE you are going to LOVE this story because it's a crockpot versus microwave (which is my preference as you know ... I'm short on patience as well as memory, I guess!). Good luck in the contest, sweetie.

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  54. Ah, I can't wait to see Sean and Emma as main characters instead of secondary characters ... =)

    jafuchi7[at]hawaii[dot]edu

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  55. I loved reading the little glimpses of Sean and Emma's relationship in your books and can't wait to finally be able to read their story.

    lovetoread205 [at] gmail [dot] com

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  56. I am a follower.

    lovetoread205 [at] gmail [dot] com

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  57. I tweeted about this giveaway! Here is the link http://twitter.com/Celtic_Girl/status/107059814353469440

    lovetoread205 [at] gmail [dot] com

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  58. I put 'The Book Club Network Button' on my blog Hardcover Feedback.

    lovetoread205 [at] gmail [dot] com

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  59. I have your 'Finding Hope Through Fiction' button on my blog Hardcover Feedback.

    lovetoread205 [at] gmail [dot] com

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  60. I blogged about this giveaway! Here is the link http://hardcoverfeedback.blogspot.com/2011/08/fantastic-giveaway.html. (1 of 2)

    lovetoread205 [at] gmail [dot] com

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  61. I blogged about this giveaway! Here is the link http://hardcoverfeedback.blogspot.com/2011/08/fantastic-giveaway.html. (2 of 2)

    lovetoread205 [at] gmail [dot] com

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  62. LDK!!! Boy, you and Megan making the rounds, girl, so GOOD FOR YOU!! I hope all of it pays off. And, YES, it WILL be fun to see Emma and Sean as the main characters, so get ready for a bumpy ride ... :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  63. MEGAN!!! I know I've told you before, but I just LOVE seeing your little shamrock pop up -- ALWAYS puts a smile on my face, girl, so THANK YOU for coming by and good luck in the contest!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  64. I'm sooo looking forward to this book and all of Julie's books, as always!! I would love to be in the contest. My daughter, nieces, and I are big fans of Julie Lessman and her books :)

    bberry96(at)aol(dot)com

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  65. Ola! :)
    I love learning about Julie with every blog stop and I get to read a bit of story :) I don't twit.. tweet? whatever heee. but - here I am posting :)

    Livvie!
    rainytuesdays @ hotmail dot com :-)

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  66. And I just followed you. Huzzah!
    rainytuesdays @ hotmail . com

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  67. Hey, TAMARA, thank you SO much, my friend. I love to hear when reading my books is a family affair, especially since it is a family saga, right? Hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing for you! Good luck. :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  68. LIVVIE!!! Got your e-mail, but have been SOOO busy shipping out copies of AHR to winners that I have not been able to answer you yet, but I will, sweetie. Thanks SO much for your support, my friend and GOOD LUCK!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  69. Wonderful interview. I have wanted to read some of Julie's books for a while, but somehow I still have not. She is on my must read list.
    wmmahaney(at)att(dot)net

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  70. I follow in Google Reader
    wmmahaney(at)att(dot)net

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  71. Hi Julie!

    This is Alex Brown, I couldn't get it to post this except under anonymous.

    I loved going back and seeing Sean and Emma's story from the beginning. I'm gearing up to reread all of his sisters' stories before AHR comes out so I'll be in the O'Connor mood :)

    I'm super excited to read about Sean!! The last time I read A Hope Undaunted, I got a really soft spot for Sean when I saw how nice and sweet he was toward his family, especially his baby sis Katie! Ahhh super cute!! So ya, I'm dying to get an inside look at Sean :)

    And again, thanks for writing these AMAZING books. They're pretty much my Gone with the Wind :)

    Love, Alex

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  72. WMMAHANEY!!! Girl, what's been stopping you??? Beg, borrow or steal A Passion Most Pure and then buckle up for an emotional ride because if there's one thing I like to do, it's put my characters (and readers!) through the paces! Sighs, cries, laughter and shock -- to me, it's ALL good and ALL part and parcel of the O'Connor household. So GOOD LUCK, girl, because I want to go from your TBR list to your TLC list, okay??

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  73. ALEX!!!!!!!!!!!!! I've missed you, girl, but I'm sure you are back at school by now and nose to the grindstone, right???

    And trust me -- if you have a soft spot for Sean, you are going to fall ALL the way in love during this book, my friend, because he really is a pretty amazing character.

    Cannot WAIT to see what you think, sweetie, so be sure to let me know, okay???

    Hugs and more hugs,
    Julie

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  74. Great interview! I loved Gone With the Wind as well :)

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  75. I follow via GFC :)

    bookcrazy124[at]gmail[dot]com

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  76. I tweeted!

    http://twitter.com/#!/Melissa_124/status/108096561464086528

    bookcrazy124[at]gmail[dot]com

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  77. I grabbed your 'Finding Hope Through Fiction' button!

    bookcrazy124[at]gmail[dot]com

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  78. I grabbed your 'The Book Club Network Button'!

    bookcrazy124[at]gmail[dot]com

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  79. Entry #1
    I made a post on my blog about this giveaway!


    http://reviewsandmorereviews.blogspot.com/2011/08/heart-revealed-giveaway.html

    bookcrazy124[at]gmail[dot]com

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  80. Entry #2
    I made a post on my blog about this giveaway!


    http://reviewsandmorereviews.blogspot.com/2011/08/heart-revealed-giveaway.html

    bookcrazy124[at]gmail[dot]com

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  81. MELISSA!!! Another GWTW fan -- YAY!!! Thanks for coming by to leave a comment, following, tweeting and grabbing -- you deserve a win, my friend! Good luck!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  82. Yes! The St Louis World's Fair! Me, too!!! :D
    And Gone With the Wind didn't surprise me a bit. ;D

    Great post, Nora!

    lr(dot)mullin(at)live(dot)com

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  83. Hey, LINNETTE ... thanks for stopping by, my friend!! Good luck in the contest ... you got in just under the wire ... :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  84. Enjoyed the interview! Thank you for giving us a sneak peek, too. :) I always enjoy Julie's books. Thank you for the giveaway!
    Blessings,
    Karen
    klange61@hotmail.com

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  85. I am a follower. :)

    Thanks again!

    Blessings,
    Karen
    klange61@hotmail.com

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  86. Oh, I JUST LOVE THE COVER of this book. I have to admit, I have never read Julie Lessman, but oh! do I love a great romance. Gone with the Wind is my favorite movie of all time; I guess I've seen it (at last count) 24 times. Dr. Zhivago (21). See? I'm such a romantic!!! And I literally search for great romance and ask for recommendations, because I don't like being disappointed in a new author. But when I find one, I LOVE leaving good comments about them. So, thanks for introducing me to Julie Lessman. I hope to win this book, and pray for continued blessings on her writing life! (BTW, if I don't win, could someone recommend one of her books, a great read??? Thanks!)

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  87. Julie has a special place in my heart after meeting her last year at the ACFW conference. Love the photo in the bookstore. :)

    Blessings,
    Jodie Wolfe
    digging4pearls(at)comcast(dot)net

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  88. I love Julie's books and own a copy of all of them! I'd really like to add this one to my library.

    edwina(dot)cowgill(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  89. Another great moment with Julie and fun interview, thanks Nora! I would love to get a chance to win a copy of the new book :) I'm also adding your blog to my favorites to read :)

    fireflies_n_stardust(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  90. Hey, KAREN, THANK YOU!! Appreciate you stopping by and wish you the best in the contest.

    PLEASE tell everyone you know that A HOPE UNDAUNTED is now FREE on Amazon Kindle and B&N Nook, so DOWNLOAD, DOWNLOAD, DOWNLOAD!!!

    HUGS,
    Julie

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  91. TAMARA!!!! Twenty-four times on GWTW???? Oh, honey, you and I are a match made in heaven, I mean it. If you are a "romantic," you are going to LOVE my books, seriously. They are CHOCK-FULL of passion, both romantically and spiritually, so if you can, start with book 1 of The Daughters of Boston series, A Passion Most Pure because this is really a family saga that is best read in order due to a number of big surprises in book 1. And APMP won American Christian Fiction Writers Debut Book of the Year in 2009, so it's a good bet.

    THEN ... Amazon Kindle and B&N Nook are now offering book 1 of the Winds of Changes series, A Hope Undaunted for FREE DOWNLOAD!!! Although this is the first book in the 2nd series, it's basically a continuation of the O'Connor saga, so if you can read APMP first, that's the best scenario. But if not, just enjoy!!

    Good luck in the contest, sweetie, and if you don't win here, PLEASE check out my website calendar for other giveaways.

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  92. Aw, Jodie -- THANK YOU! I feel the same way, my friend, and hope I will be seeing you at ACFW this year!! God bless and good luck in the contest.

    Hugs,
    Julie

    P.S. FREE DOWNLOAD OF A HOPE UNDAUNTED ON AMAZON AND B&N, SO SPREAD THE WORD!!!

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  93. Hey, EDWINA, sooo good to see you making the rounds -- if you're not careful, you may win a book that way, girl, so GOOD LUCK!

    Hugs,
    Julie

    P.S. FREE DOWNLOAD OF A HOPE UNDAUNTED ON AMAZON AND B&N, SO SPREAD THE WORD!!!

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  94. Hey, SARAH ... you're one of the smart ones making the blog rounds too -- good girl!! You just may win a book that way if you're not careful ... :) Good luck, sweetie.

    Hugs,
    Julie

    P.S. FREE DOWNLOAD OF A HOPE UNDAUNTED ON AMAZON AND B&N, SO SPREAD THE WORD!!!

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  95. I LOVE GWTW! My sister and I grew up watching the movie. We could probably quote the whole thing from memory. I know my sister could. She does the best impression I've ever seen for Prissy singing "My Old Kentucky Home." And we always laughed when Scarlett put her hat on upside down to go find Dr. Meade for Melanie's birthing.

    Oh! And the St. Louis World Fair?? That would've been a sight to see, wouldn't it? I also remember watching that movie with my sister. The part when they come dancing around the Christmas tree made our little girl hearts go all aflutter. I always wished I could wear that red dress, too. lol

    I was hoping Sean and Emma would have a book, when I read the scene you mentioned from APR. But by the time I finished Brady's story, I'd forgotten about it. I love a good slow love story. They seem to have a lot more of those 'aww' moments than a whirlwind romance. So excited to read it!

    simmadar(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  96. NATALIE ... I sure hope you win, sweetie, because I feel so bad about your picking AHU, then it goes to a free download. Believe it or not, my publisher never even told me. A reader friend FB'd me, and that's how I found out, JUST yesteday!!

    But good luck in this contest and any others you can find on my website calendar, okay?

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  97. I love Julie's books! I'm a follower too! Shelia Hall@ sheliarha64@yahoo.com

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